We should start with a question: Why?
Why would we be putting a blog together when there are so many other incredibly wonderful options already out there? Are we trying to be hip and up to par with the Christian culture? No, that's not it. Are we aiming to be noticed and made famous? No, neither of us have the face for that. Is it because we have a wisdom that no one else has and we feel we must share it with the world? No. Well, that's not quite it.
As pastors, our desire is to instruct and minister to the members of our church in such a way that they are actually equipped to serve others with the grace and love of Jesus. Nothing new. This is what Paul mentioned to the church in Ephesus:
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ... (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Paul paints a simple picture of individual spiritual edification that has the natural result of mutual growth of the body, and that is our desire.
So the goal of this simple blog is to study and apply Scripture in the space between Sunday morning and other spiritual growth opportunities (i.e. Life Groups and Bible Studies). We want to discuss as many ideas and topics as Scripture is able to speak to (yes, that means everything is game) and do it in a way that is helpful for our church as we seek to grow in our faith through our knowledge of Jesus.
As mentioned, the content will be all over the place, but the format will be divided into various series in order to couple our like content together. Some examples include:
"Books from the shelf" -- These posts will be brief and thoughtful book reviews of one of our own books which help create a suggested reading list for those interested.
"Table Scraps" -- The last stage in preparing a sermon is shaving down to the final draft. This always means cutting off portions that time simply does not allow for; but these "scraps" are still very worth while, and we want to share that extra bit with you on occasion to allow you to dive deeper into the text previously studied on Sunday morning.
"That's a Tough Question" -- We are confident that this phrase has entered your mind when you were thinking through how the Bible applies to life. With these we will attempt to answer (some of) life's (and doctrine's) hard questions with brevity and grace.
"But How?" -- We want to look at different aspects of the Christian life, giving the biblical picture along with helpful tips, to see those practically established and cultivated in our own lives.
"I was just thinking..." -- There always needs to be a catch-all for when subjects come up that we desire to dig into but do not fit neatly in another category. Yes, whatever is on our mind and we want to write about... most likely daily life from a Christian perspective.
There will be others down the road including guest posts and spotlights, but there's no need to cover everything in this post.
We take our role seriously.
Sunday morning flies by and is (mostly) limited to the sermon's content; Life Groups are wonderful, but there might be topics that are never officially taught on or discussed; Sunday school is a great opportunity to study God's Word with your church family (and we encourage it!), but there is only so much you can cover in 45 min. And even with those opportunities, we understand not everyone can participate in all of those avenues. We want to take our role seriously as pastors of NorthCross, and we believe that the relationships God has allowed us to be a part of locally gives us a unique ability to teach and study God's Word with you; it's one of the greatest benefits of having a local church with a local pastor (as opposed to worshipping via Skype and participating from afar... locally, you are known and able to be cared for in specific ways).
a way to meet you where you are and point you to Jesus
With this crazy technology called "the internet" we are given a very easy way to meet you where you are... and point you to Jesus.
So with that, we are excited to introduce The NorthCross Blog...
We hope this becomes another avenue for our spiritual growth as a church body. Be on the lookout for posts a couple times a month!